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Bell's Oberon Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Bell's Oberon AleBell's Oberon Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

5,203 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,203
Reviews: 1,578
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 132
Gots: 524 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-17-2002)
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propstm

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -6%

Opening Notes: This is a brew my roomates raved about and had been hesitant to try. Usually a fan of darker stouts, I was a bit "skurred" by the potential of another lighter colored beer.

Smell: Citrus and Yeast are the first two scents, a subtle welcoming aroma, I began to think this is a beer i should try rather than fear.

Pour: The bottled poured a brew into a pint glass with a hazy golden-orange color. The result was a slight head with a small amount of lacing.

Taste: Gotta admit, this is one I will drink again. citrus and wheat, those are the most evident flavors. the first brew went down well, but with the second, the flavor seemed to become harsh.

I concede, this is a good brew i will drink again, it's got a good mouthfeel, not too heavy, however distinct. this is a very drinkable beer.

05-19-2006 19:32:33 | More by propstm
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mryuk

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -6%

pours an unfiltered golden yellow with a finger of head.

smell is earthy hops with a bit of orange and yeast.

taste is light, slightly bitter with a bit of sour. wheaty malts are definitely coming through.

mouth is light-medium bodied with high carbonation.

overall oberon is only ok. I used to enjoy this beer a lot more but at this point it is just very plain for e.

04-09-2011 16:36:17 | More by mryuk
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barczar

Kentucky

3.58/5  rDev -6%

Pours a hazy golden lemon with a frothy ivory head that leaves spotty lacing as it dissipates.

Wheat, grain, orange, and lemon form the aroma. Fairly balanced.

Flavor is fairly malty throughout, finishing toasted lightly. Underlying lemon complements the soft wheat well. There's a touch of peppery spice and bitterness that surfaces late.

Body is moderate to a bit full, but is countered by carbonation on the high side.

Fairly nondescript, really. Almost seems to leave a watery impression. Surprised there's not more hop character.

03-28-2014 23:08:12 | More by barczar
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Dave1999

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -6%

Pours a light hazy yellow coliur with a foamy white head.

The smell is is wheat with a little bit of lemon.

The taste is much the same as the smell with a small amount of hops.

The mouth fell is light to medium and fairly well carbonated.

Overall a very light summer beer, not really my thing but probably one a non craft beer drinker would enjoy.

06-29-2012 22:49:44 | More by Dave1999
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fbone

Ohio

3.58/5  rDev -6%

I was looking for an outstanding handcrafted wheat ale when I picked up this one.It's ok ,by far not the icon I was looking for but it goes down good.

A-Dark yellow with yeast suspended throughout.Were did the head go?

S-weak,not strong,no comment.

T-good,orange peel+coriander

M-med to light body with good bubbles.

D- Very easy to drink if you like yeasty brews.

The price was expensive ,the beer was ok.

08-19-2010 21:21:25 | More by fbone
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lstokes

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -6%

This had a nice orange appearance with sediment very visible and some carbonation making its way up, and smelled like sour wheat malt with some apricot notes and something almost like cotton candy.

It tastes sweet from the start, maybe starting citrusy and moving towards the wheat/yeast character, but finishes like a good tart/peppery wine. I don't love the sweetness, and for that reason am marking it down, but it's still a very good beer, and the mouthfeel is thick and prickly. Wouldn't seek out but would drink again.

09-30-2010 05:50:18 | More by lstokes
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Rhynes2

Ohio

3.58/5  rDev -6%

One of my first beers by Bell's Brewery. Poured a cloudy orangish shade. I have heard this beer is sometimes cloudy and sometimes clear. It's a decent beer with with light citrus notes. Im normally not a big fan of wheat in beer but this beer has is very well balanced and I must admit, I like it. Very foamy head and it stays around for a while. Even though it's not one of my favorites, i will be trying more from Bell's.

07-28-2009 23:20:23 | More by Rhynes2
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Hermanater

Pennsylvania

3.59/5  rDev -5.8%

AP: like cloudy honey but not so thick. Robust, white head after the bottle swirl to get the sediments mixed in.

AR: citrus-y, almost sour. Rising dough smell is faint at first but seems to come alive more and more as the beer sits in the glass.

M: light and not near as effervescent as one might expect from a bottle conditioned beer.

TA: much hoppier than your standard wheat beer. Has a typical wheat sweetness with a hoppy bitterness than remains after the swallow. Seems like many Wheats are bittered with spice and rind. This certainly seems to possess a greater hop load than the normal wheat beer.

I recommend.

07-20-2013 20:23:55 | More by Hermanater
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silver0rlead

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -5.5%

Packaged on 2/20/07 according to Bell's website: Pours a cloudy yellow with a thin and wispy white head. The aroma has some citric hops upfront, along with a tangy wheatiness, some yeasty bread and a slight graininess. The flavor has some citric and floral hops upfront also, with some yeastiness and a fruity wheat character. The mouthfeel is crisp with a carbonation bite, drinkability is good. A drinkable wheat beer, nothing more.

05-02-2007 01:11:12 | More by silver0rlead
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zimm421

Ohio

3.6/5  rDev -5.5%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Appears a hazy yellow with an orange tint. Has an average head that doesn't leave much lacing.

Smells of oranges and lemons with a good wheat aroma as well. Tastes very sweet. Lots of wheat, as well as a little tartness from the lemons and oranges. There is a slight bitterness towards the end, but nothing that really stands out.

Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. A very refreshing beer that goes well with warm weather.

05-11-2010 00:36:46 | More by zimm421
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev -5.5%

- packaged 3/27/13. consumed 7/10/13.

A: A raging, swirling effervesce storms within a tangerin-orange body with a dense nature with some macro-floaties whirling about. A sea-shell white head is creamy of 1 inch high and has good retention with a good lace stickage.

S: Soft lemon pulp, grapefruit but very weak from my standpoint. Consumed 4 months after packaging may have had some effect.

T: Flavor is tangerine-orange, bright citrusy nature, Orange and grapefruit juices, hops seem fresh and bright, no dry hopping here, some bready character with a pulpy grapefruit finish.Wheat body adds a creaminess and soft mellow feel.

M: Creamy, bready medium full body with a strong sense of carbonation.

O: Overall the hops are juicy, pulpy, with a refreshing tart lemonade quality perfect for sipping poolside on a hot summer day. Refreshing tart, not overly bitter, easy consuming nature, good. Not to compare apples to oranges, but after hearing alot about this, is not on the same level as thier two hearted, but then again not many beers are.

07-18-2013 22:54:51 | More by beerthulhu
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beerphilosopher

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -5.5%

Pours a medium yellow/orange color. Slightly cloudy. Good, tall white head w/o a lot of staying power. Nose is slightly spicy, with mild wheat notes. Also has a subtle sweetness. Palate is sweet up-front, with solid wheat characteristics behind. Decent hop balance makes it taste drier the longer it's in the mouth. Some spicy flavors linger about ... Mouthfeel is light/medium with good carbonation. Finish is dry with lingering wheat and spice flavors. I like this beer pretty well. I have to admit, it didn't quite live up to the hype, but it's good none the less. I'd have it again.

06-13-2006 20:56:13 | More by beerphilosopher
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SupaCelt

Michigan

3.6/5  rDev -5.5%

The appearance was of a super cloudy, copper toned, glass full of sludge. A fresh keg spewed forth this less than ready to be served offering. It had a tannish wheat style head and produced no glass garnish. It just was not looking like a proper way to start the Oberon season.

The nose had orange peel scents and yeasty accents. Smells light and wheaty.

The taste was just unimpressive. I hope this glass was just a premature serve, because this was not the stuff I once knew. There was an unpleasant bitterness that didn't fit the picture quite right. It is hard to characterise. Watery and off bittered with no help of a sweet backbone. WTF? Disappointment to be sure.
I remember this particular beer being a heck of alot mo' betta around the turn of the century ( maybe 98, 99, 00 ). I used to look forward to its arrival during those days. Yeah, it was about the only micro I had ever dipped into in those dark ages. Malt liquor and other macros were my bread and butter and Oberon was my only trump card. Still, I think it has depreciated in character and taste since then based on the last few sixers I've drained. Now I had a crummy glass off tap too. I am shocked and hurt. I want my Solsun back! I have hope.

04-07-2005 07:59:08 | More by SupaCelt
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -5.5%

Served in a Devil's Backbone weizen glass.

Figured I'd grab one o' these guys before they disappear for the rest of the year. It pours a pretty clear pale straw, riddled with particulates, topped by over a finger of healthy white froth. The nose comprises orange peel, mandarin orange flesh, puffed rice, and wet wheat. The taste comprises corn syrup, wheat, light mandarin orange, and flowers. The body is light, with a light carbonation and a thickly watery feel. Overall, a decent APWA, nothing close to special, but highly drinkable.

10-10-2010 21:42:01 | More by TMoney2591
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anth0ny

Michigan

3.6/5  rDev -5.5%

Poured fresh from a bottle from yesterday's release day. Love the label design, especially the box.

Ok, this year's batch of Oberon is hazy gold with some unfiltered floaties. Beautiful silky solid white head with great lacing that just coats the glass. Definitely looks appealing.

The nose is dropping hints of 'thin' and 'light'. Light wheat and lemon/orange rind aroma. Eh.

I'm getting all wheat and orange in the taste, some light sweetness. Very mild flavor with an extremely light aftertaste. Very drinkable.

Medium-light body, extremely smooth on the mouth. Perfect carbonation. Good summer session beer.

Overall Oberon is a very inoffensive beer from all angles that most anybody can enjoy.

03-28-2012 03:06:46 | More by anth0ny
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BrewnZ

Washington

3.6/5  rDev -5.5%

Had this in Milwaukee on draft at Bar Louie (80 taps, 40 beers on tap) kinda wierd - but better turnover when pouring 40 vs 80.

Light copper color - clear. Mild malt carmel aroma, did not notice wheat's slightly sour character. Perhaps this keg has some age on it? Flavor, very well made beer, good attenuation and malt flavor, but still a bit too malty for me. Finishes slightly cloying.

11-08-2006 05:46:22 | More by BrewnZ
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mnstorm99

Minnesota

3.6/5  rDev -5.5%

This is a very good wheat beer, nice cloudy light orage color, head goes quick, with little lacing. extremely drinkable, with nice fruity apricot? peach? flavors. I can say I will continue to drink this one throughout the summertime. Definately not the best Bell's has ever done, but one of the better wheats I have ever had.

09-12-2007 12:34:56 | More by mnstorm99
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tbrown4

Maryland

3.6/5  rDev -5.5%

12 oz. -> Weyerbacher tulip. Gift from Frank from Allentown, PA

A - Slightly hazy orange/dark gold. Thin small bubble head. Little bit of carb.

S - Not a lot here. Faint sweetness, round earthiness.

T - Full bodied. Decent hop bitterness up front and in the after-taste. Decent amount of earthy sweetness in the middle. Very slight mellow citrus hints. Almost has a creamy taste to it.

M - Average, not saying that's a bad thing at all. Not too viscous. Just enough to spread the flavor around.

D - Total session beer. Pretty decent full bodied flavor without being a palate killer. Could easily put back several of these on a warm summer day. When I can find it I'll grab a 6 pack or so, would probably do this twice per season.

02-06-2011 20:35:03 | More by tbrown4
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev -5.5%

Appearance: Hazy straw/gold. head is bright-white and quickly dissipates to a faint ring around the top. Nice carbonation pulls from the bottom of the glass.

Smell: A little tart. Some pale malt and the sharp tang of wheat. Grass and some apple. It's simple, but spot on.

Taste: Wheat and lots of it. Some lemon zest and grass. A touch earthy as well. Faint spiciness lingers in the back. Nothing too crazy going on here.

Mouthfeel: On the light side of medium with a solid carbonation. A touch dry, but easy to drink. Clean and smooth.

Overall: Delightfully middle of the road. Just enough flavor to keep things interesting. I can see where this could dominate a summer market. It's clean and refreshing.

10-06-2011 04:56:22 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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HuskerTornado

Arkansas

3.6/5  rDev -5.5%

12 oz. bottle poured into sensory glass. Appearance is a hazy medium gold color with a small white head that dissipates fairly quickly with minimal lacing.

Smell is of citrus, light fruits, hops, and wheat.

Tastes heavy on citrus and sweet malt up front, followed by some wheat bread taste and finished with some dry hops for a nice amount of bitterness. Mouthfeel is light, tangy, and highly carbonated.

Overall, a good summer beer that is worth a go every year.

07-17-2014 01:26:41 | More by HuskerTornado
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amatuerbeerguy

Oklahoma

3.6/5  rDev -5.5%

Poured out a nice yellow with an orange hue. Head was moderate in size, yet went quickly to low ring around the top.

Aroma of graininess, sweet malt, and spice are accentuated by hint of citrus hops.

Tastes of spice, fruit (lemon, orange), wheat

Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, smooth

Overall it is well balanced, nice and smooth. With lots of character. Enjoy

10-14-2006 21:42:53 | More by amatuerbeerguy
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BigDaddyWil

Michigan

3.6/5  rDev -5.5%

March 27, 2006 the release date of Bell's Oberon.
This brew was my first real sample of craft beer back in the mid to late nineties. It has always been one of my favorites. I know when Oberon is in the stores, warm weather is on the way. Since joining BA and learning about craft beers, I've been anticipating the release of this beer, and here is the review. I must admit its been a year or two since I've had this.

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Hefeweizen glass.
Batch code 7274. Packaged on March 1st 2006.

Pours a very cloudy, faint orange, almost yellow color. Gigantic, three inch thick, frothy white head. Minutes go by before the head starts to fade, leaving tons of sticky, clingy lacing, everywhere. Smell is not what I remember. Mostly, bready, yeasty aromas, with wheat and malts in the background. Weak citrus smell, maybe lemons and spice. I remember a huge citrus smell, more like oranges and lemons. Maybe this beer has changed over the years or maybe my palate has changed. Taste is a little weak, lots of yeast,bread, malts and finishes with a slightly bitter lemony, citrusy flavor. Hints of bananas. Lots of carbonation with a slightly dry feeling. Medium to light feel,thin and smooth. A great session beer, especially during the Spring and Summer months. I'm a little disappointed in the taste and smell, I thought both were stronger than I remember. Anyway, still one of favorite beers and one I'll enjoy all Summer long. Oberon is back, baby! Thank you Bell's!

03-28-2006 03:09:05 | More by BigDaddyWil
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jwhancher

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -5.5%

Had on tap at Mad Mex. Pours a very light amber, almost golden with a tint of red. Smells wheaty with a little hop nose. Mostly lighter malts hit the nose. Tastes like banana wheat with a touch of clove. A tad bit of citrus is apparent. Maybe a little chalk. A little honey sweetness is also noticeable. Slightly bitter with good carbonation. Refreshing as it's rather light tasting. Good summertime beer; a thirst quencher.

06-24-2010 21:15:54 | More by jwhancher
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King_clements

Indiana

3.6/5  rDev -5.5%

08-25-2014 23:07:16 | More by King_clements
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ClockworkOrange

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -5.5%

Poured from a 12oz. brown bottle into my shaker "pint" glass. After swirling the last half an inch in the bottle, appears a very cloudy golden pale yellow color with about a finger of white foam. Minimal lacing is left on the inside of the glass. Smells of spicy wheat, citrus, mainly orange, and a mild bready aroma. Tastes of citrus, wheat, bready yeast and mild hops. Leaves a slightly sour aftertaste. A notch below medium in body with medium carbonation. Always a refreshing beer to have around in the warmer months.

06-21-2007 03:09:11 | More by ClockworkOrange
Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 5,203 ratings.